Booming out from the depths of disco in the 1970s was an unmistakable new sound: a danceable beat and bass riff, laid under an exquisitely tight and inventive horn ensemble, all coaxed out by an ultra-hip narrator whose spoken revelations believably proclaimed they came from another planet. The speaker--actually, the rapper--was musical mastermind George Clinton. Under his inspired direction, the groups Parliament and Funkadelic established what he called "P-Funk" as the modern outgrowth of soul, its irresistible funky genius paving the way for everything from rap and hip-hop to techno and alternative.
The authors take you aboard the P-Funk mothership for candid reflections from Clinton himself, and from bandmates Bootsy Collins, Fuzzy Haskins, Bernie Worrell, Fred Wesley, Garry Shider, album cover wizard Pedro Bell, and many others. In their own words, they tell you how it feels to lay down "uncut funk" with one of pop music's greatest innovators, and get booties shaking from coast to coast.
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From a Plainfield, New Jersey, barber shop to the Mothership and beyond, George Clinton and P-Funk: An Oral History is the riotous story of the Parliafunkadelicment thang straight from the mouths of those who created and witnessed it: Clinton himself, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, and dozens of others. Clinton's transformation of the band from a bunch of acid-crazed former doo-woppers with loud amps into a slightly less crazed juggernaut that ruled late-'70s stages and airwaves is the main story here. But the heart of the book is the voices of those in and around the act; for instance, Clinton's explanation of how the Apollo moon landing affected his concepts: "I doubted logic ... 'cause the minute you say what goes up don't have to come down ... [when] they broke gravity, it was no longer true. So to me, everything else was suspect. When I heard, 'Man, that's bad,' and they meant good, I ain't gonna bet my life on nothing that's being said, 'cause it's too easy to change the meaning of a word. I don't believe in bad words. I was able to play with it." --Rickey WrightAbout the Author:
Dave Marsh was a founding editor of Creem and an editor at Rolling Stone, where he created The Rolling Stone Record Guide. He is a music critic at Playboy, publisher of Rock & Rap Confidential, and a prolific author of books about music and pop culture. His Before I Get Old is the definitive biography of The Who, and Glory Days and Born to Run, both about Bruce Springsteen, were bestsellers. He lives in New York and Connecticut.
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